Memphis Cartoonist Named to Board of National Cartoonist Society (NCS)


Memphis, TN:  The National Cartoonist Society (NCS), formed just after WWII by cartoonists returning from USO tours to entertain U.S. troops overseas, has named Memphis-based cartoonist Greg Cravens to their incoming board of directors.  The decision comes after Greg was the local coordinator of an NCS/St. Jude event last May.  The event brought more than 200 internationally known cartoonists to Memphis to draw for St. Jude patients and to fundraise though a series of cartoon art auctions and live events.


Greg’s artwork is familiar to residents of the Memphis area over the past twenty-five years.   He has illustrated advertising for FedEx, The Memphis Flyer, The Peabody, Rock 103, The Grizzlies, Redbirds, Shoney’s, Perkins, The Memphis Zoo, Jack Pirtle’s Chicken, Keras Chevrolet, and hundreds more businesses.  Because of his work on the syndicated comic strip The Buckets, he was allowed to join the NCS in 2002, and shortly after was nominated for a Silver Reuben award for his work on the Memphis Flyer.


His duties for the NCS will involve screening new member applications.  He will also take on duties for the NCSFoundation, which will involve more work with their children’s hospital program and their  “Cartooning For Kids” events. He says, “I’m looking forward to more NCS events at St. Jude, and other children’s hospitals throughout the Southeast. Also, since I’m the only NCS member for a couple of hundred miles in any direction, I’m especially looking forward to seeing more members come here more often.”


Steve McGarry, president of the NCSFoundation, said, “He did a really great job with (NCS/St. Jude) logistics in Memphis and I’m sure we (the NCSF) will keep him busy.”


Information about the National Cartoonist Society can be found at www.reuben.org

Greg’s syndicated comic strip can be seen in newspapers in the U.S., Thailand, Australia, and at www.gocomics.com/thebuckets.

Webcomic Hubris! is at www.hubriscomics.com.

Advertising portfolio is at www.cravenscartoonist.com